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StatusCrisis Alert DateFebruary 12, 2021 Region Texas

Texas Cold Weather Crisis

Another major winter storm brought freezing rain, snow and temperatures that were well below average to broad parts of Texas and much of the eastern half of the US, creating a major crisis for millions of people. More than 40 people have died across the region in this extended bout of extreme weather. Some Texans still remain without power and heat and nearly one million are also without clean, running water. Governor Greg Abbott declared a State of Emergency for all of Texas and President Biden issued a Federal Disaster Declaration.

Many clinics across Texas were closed in recent days and are now in the reopening process. Americares Emergency Response Team is offering assistance to 110 free and charitable clinic partners in Texas, serving low-income, uninsured patients throughout the state. Americares is readying truckloads of bottled water, life-saving medicines, PPE and other essential relief items to send to nearly a dozen partner clinics and professional response organizations in affected communities.  

Houston city employees hand out bottled water.
City of Houston employees hands out bottled water to Houston residents following a week of extremely cold temperatures that knocked out power and water. Water pressure slowly returned but the city issued a boil water notice throughout the weekend. Unfortunately, many homes were still without power to boil water, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. (Photo/Annie Mulligan)

We are coordinating our response efforts with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, the Texas Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, Feeding America, The Salvation Army and other local and national response organizations.   

Americares has a long history of emergency response and recovery work in Texas, most notably following Hurricane Harvey.

Read more about our response to the Texas crisis.